Chelsea’s next big thing sent on loan to Spain as Hiddink denies youngster first-team chance

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Exciting youngster Charly Musonda has left Chelsea to join Real Betis on loan for the rest of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, the 19-year-old held talks with interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink to see if he figured in the Dutchman’s plans but was told that a loan was the best chance for him to play.

That is despite the young attacking midfielder being highly rated within Stamford Bridge, and first-team stars such as Eden Hazard and Pedro badly struggling for form throughout the whole season.

Musonda was arguably the catalyst as the Blues won the Under-21 Premier League, UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup last season, but was also snubbed by Jose Mourinho before his December sacking.

The Belgian is apparently growing frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Chelsea and hopes to prove himself at Betis, who pipped Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar and Queens Park Rangers to his signature.

Musonda, son of ex-Zambia international Charly Musonda Sr, told Real’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here and excited to start. I want to give my best for myself, for the team and for the fans.”

Betis are struggling down in 14th in the La Liga table, four points above the relegation zone, and Musonda could make his debut in a home fixture against Gary Neville’s Valencia next weekend.

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